What is your most popular garden office design?
It is fairly evenly split between our Traditional and Contemporary models.
Why does your design make the perfect garden office, how have you made it user friendly?
We have a number of designs which customers can chose from and can tailor make them to each customer at no or little additional cost, for example we position doors and windows to suit the site and the customers requirements. Our materials internally and externally are chosen for minimum maintenance and maximum longevity.
How do your garden offices comply with Planning Permission?
Our Contemporary and Avant Garde models are lower than the quite often quoted 2.5m height limit which can be an issue for many.
What size garden office do you recommend for one worker to work comfortably?
2 or 2.5m wide x 3m long for one person
And for two workers what size garden office do you suggest?
2.5 or 3m wide x 4m long
Are the foundations included in the price, if so what type?
We can provide or manage the foundations if required and can provide a pad system if required but we do charge for this. In our experience customers want to or are happy to manage foundations themselves, whether concrete or paving slabs as this saves them money.
Are your garden offices suitable for year round use? What type of insulation do you use? How thick are your walls?
Yes 365 days a year! Our offices are snug in winter and cool in summer. We use high tech Celotex and aluminium bubble insulation as standard in our 7cm walls or can provide Sips panels at 10ch if required.
What is the exterior cladding on your garden offices?
Whatever you want! We generally clad in wood – usually Cedar, Scandinavian Redwood, or Weatherboard
What is the roof covering?
For our Traditional offices we use high quality Asphalt or Cedar tiles, and seamless rubber based EDPM for our Contemporary and Avant Garde models. All last between 20-50 years.
What is the interior lining and floor covering?
We pain our walls white as standard and the flooring is carpet as standard although many customers opt for laminate which can be underfloor heated if required.
How many electrical sockets do you include as standard?
It depends on the size but plenty of double sockets. In a 3m x 4m between 4-5.
What sort of lighting do you use in your offices, why have you chosen this type?
Low energy adjustable down lights for our Contemporary and Avante Garde models and 4 bar spotlights for our Traditional. All practical and cost effective.
Do you include heating in your garden office as standard, if so what type?
Customers usually want to choose their own heating method (usually stand alone Ceramic, oil filled or fan heaters) but we can provide underfloor heating as an option.
Broadband and telephone are important in a garden office, how do buyers get these to the office?
Wired or wireless depending on customer preference and distance from the house
What optional extras would you recommend to create the perfect office setup?
Underfloor heating, laminate flooring and maybe exterior lighting.
What is the lead time on your garden offices?
It can be 3 weeks, but we usually quote 4-6 weeks
What is the typical on site build time?
How much does a typical one person office cost?
Starting from a very competitive £6,375
How much does a typical two person office cost?
Are there any hidden extras? (planning fees, electrical hookup etc)
Usually not, except foundations and electric supply to the building from the house
What is the lifespan of your garden offices, is there any ongoing maintenance?
20 years +. We design are our offices to be fairly maintenance free but may be the occasional exterior treatment to maximise its life and keep it looking good
What guarantees come with the office, are they free?
5 year structural which is free and we resolve any initial issues free of charge within the first year
If you could give a buyer one piece of advice about buying a garden office, what would it be?
Go for a quality building which is well insulated, has a substantial frame which is ideally glued and screwed (like ours!) rather than machine nailed. Offices are a great investment and add to the value and marketability of your home so worth spending as much as possible on.
Want to learn more? Give Cotsmill Garden Offices a call on 01865 407608 or visit their website.